Sure, roofing is dangerous work. But even an office job affects your health. Take this quiz to see if the daily grind is shortening your life. For each question, mark down your score and then add them up at the end to see where you fall on our spectrum of work rut. (Check out the five jobs most likely to put your health on the line.)
How do you commute to work?
A. Bike, walk, or run 
B. Short drive, public transportation [+1]
C. Long drive [+2]
Your boss sends you an e-mail. What's your first thought?
A. He's confirming our Saturday tee time. 
B. Wow--it looks like he remembers me. [+1]
C. Oh, crap. [+2]
Do your morning meetings include bagels or doughnuts?
A. Nope. My colleagues are too health conscious for that. 
B. Yes, but I fight the urge to take one. [+1]
C. Yeah, and they're awesome. [+2]
How long is your lunch break?
A. 20 minutes 
B. One hour [+1]
C. Break? I'm chewing and typing e-mails at the same time. [+2]
When your coworkers grab beers after work, do you join them?
A. Duh! I organized it. 
B. Maybe, if I don't have plans [+1]
C. Nope. Those guys are idiots. [+2]
How many hours do you work a week?
A. 40, regular daytime shifts 
B. More than 40, long weekday shifts [+1]
C. More than 40, but with some nights or extended hours [+2]
Congratulations! You're working toward a long life. Now try to assist those near you. According to the American Journal of Public Health, helping family and friends--lending a hand with a move, say--may curb stress-related health risks.
You could use some improvement. Start by addressing the areas in which you did worst in this quiz. Also, try to move more throughout the day, says Jake Koenig of FitYourSpace. Switch to a standing desk, if you can, or take the stairs and use the bathroom a few floors up.
You might want to rethink your job. Take the steps you can now, and write out a plan for the next six to 12 months, says Vicki Magley, Ph.D "That may mean moving closer to work, switching companies, or adjusting your career path." (From mangling conference calls to eating stinky lunches, here are the 6 Epic Work Fails You Don't Know You're Making.)
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